Reawakening The Creative You! | Jeff Stephens | Episode 30
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Important note for parent entrepreneurs: The mere fact that you have kids may change your timeline¦ Don’t compare your timeline to entrepreneurs in your industry who don’t have kids. You just have to realize as a parent your timeline may be completely different and you just have to accept that. You may have a longer timeline before you truly accomplish some of the things these folks are talking about¦ It’s one step at a time by Jeff Stephens
Jeff is a proud dad who helps other busy parents find time in their daily chaos to explore their passions and build something amazing online. He leverages experience from 20 years of IT leadership and 17 years of parenting to help others ultimately discover the work they love. His website, CrazyDadLife.com, and his Crazy Dad Life Podcast provide insight, advice, and stories from the front lines as he continues his journey of fatherhood while embracing work/life balance and entrepreneurship.
- Review family fun photo (image above) – wife and two teen daughters
- Balancing family and business by: It’s really about optimizing all the time you have in the day. I had to start figuring out where I could create spaces where I could start using that time. Figuring out where you have those dead spots throughout your day and capitalizing on it.
- What does Fatherhood mean to you: Being there for my kids no matter what. Doing everything in my power to do and be there for my kids.
- Household Chore: Mowing the grass, everything outside pretty much belongs to me.
- Started with the book the 4 Hour Workweek which kind of triggered something
- I started to sell products, but I realized that I didn’t want to go into product management
- Then I started blogging. I figured out what I was passionate about, and then I started engaging the community.
- The catalyst that inspired his leap: I was engulfed in work, and seeing this book (The 4 Hour Work Week) and other topics, opened a new world to me. I was fascinated about what was going on.
- One day I had the lightbulb moment, I was getting dressed for work and I realized I love being a dad. If there was anything I was passionate about and would love to talk about, it was being a dad.
- I started my blog in 2013 and 2014 I decided to launch the Podcast.
- Do you plan to go full-time with Crazy Dad Life: It’s an option, my oldest is 17 and the youngest is 13. Right now my focus is College. And because of my financial obligations for College it’s not the right time to jump into a StartUp.
- Hardest personal sacrifice: Other than time and sleep. The sacrifice of going through the timeline and knowing you could do better if you had the time.
- How have you been able to manage perfection: It’s a struggle especially when you have the expertise to do it yourself. When you have the know how, you put it off because you know how to do it. I had to invest in myself and hire someone to do it.
- Intersection between fatherhood and entrepreneurship: The ability to follow your passion. You have to put fatherhood first and merge the two by engaging your kids as well.
- What is one time management tool? Google calendar, if it’s not on the calendar it doesn’t exist.
- Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur? Lack of sleep. Staying up late and getting up early in the morning.
- One way manage your health: I don’t take care of my health, I try to. I do 5K’s from time to time.
- Book every startup dad should read: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- CrazyDadLife.com – Jeff Stephens
- Crazy Dad Life Podcast – Jeff Stephens
- The 4 Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
- 48 Days to The Work you Love – Dan Miller
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
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